Your new best friend

As we begin to infiltrate chromebooks into our freshmen curriculum, utilize google classroom and other google tools, there are some things that will make your life easier.  When sharing a google doc or a form link with students or staff, google does not make a very pleasant url to write on a white board. One tool to come to the rescue  is a URL shortener.

What is that you ask?

It takes a long web address like:

https://docs.google.com/a/molineschools.org/forms/d/1qkUzTFJ1sz83JhLTXiP0YuyCYgkqJk0f9IKGU115WRw/viewform

and turns it into a nice short web address that students (and teachers) can type in their address browser bar. For example:

goo.gl (which is a free google extension that you can install on your chrome browser) changes the url to a more manageable –  https://goo.gl/yxtmZP

bit.lyhttp://bit.ly/1GRPKw1

tinyurl.com – http://tinyurl.com/qzr4tpd

They all make the url (or web address) much easier to write on the board or even post in google classroom or some other site. They also allow you to create custom urls so you could personalize the end part (after the /) and if you create an account, show you some basic stats like how many clicks your url got on a certain date.

Bitly. The power of the link.

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